Apartment complex to begin construction near Parkland

CHAMPAIGN — Parkland College students looking for a place to live near campus will have a new option available to them next fall.

A 111-unit apartment complex is slated to be built close to the college on land that, for now, is property of the Champaign Park District.

Wise has big ambitions as she steps in to chancellor role

     The new Vice President and Chancellor of the University of Illinois says the university needs to make sure it plans for the future if it is going to be successful, especially with ongoing budgetary challenges.

New proposed site for cell tower in Urbana to be announced on Tuesday

URBANA — Area residents can learn about a new location for a cell tower on the Urbana High School/Urbana Middle School campus on Tuesday night.

Mike Doran of U.S. Cellular is scheduled to give a presentation on a proposed new location at the Urbana school board's meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Jean F. Burkholder Administrative Service Center, 205 N. Race St., U.

Danville grads assured that request for information is valid

DANVILLE — Danville Public School Foundation officials want to let Danville High School graduates know that the foundation is behind a postcard and email, asking them to call a toll-free number to provide information about them.

Arthur Culver chosen to lead East St. Louis schools

EAST ST. LOUIS — Arthur Culver has landed a new job.

The former Champaign schools superintendent was appointed to lead the East St. Louis District 189.

2011 Ladies Night Out

Visitors enjoy informative tables, entertainment and refreshments at Ladies Night Out at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign, Ill on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011. 

Prairie Adventures


Sandy Hughes' 3rd grade class from Westview Elementary school participates in the Prairie Adventures School Program at Buffalo Trace Prairie at Lake of the Woods in Mahomet  on Thursday, September 29, 2011. 


Danville plan details

Here are some goals and strategies outlined in a draft of the Danville schools' long-term strategic plan:

Academic achievement and curriculum

Schools have procedures for warning families

CHAMPAIGN — Both Champaign and Urbana school districts have procedures in place to notify parents when attempted abductions happen in the community.

Champaign school district spokeswoman Lynn Peisker said that, when the district learns about an attempted abduction, the principal of the school the child attends is the first to be notified.

Danville school board gets first look at strategic plan

DANVILLE — Expanding alternative programming for students, piloting a longer school day at one elementary school, increasing the number of minority teachers and developing an anti-bullying plan are just a few recommendations that students, staff and community members have for improving the Danville school district.